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Ryan Miller of North Linn is The Gazette's 2018 Male Athlete of the Year

TROY MILLS — There’s some kid who played baseball at either Hudson or Don Bosco who cheesed off Ryan Miller three years ago. Miller doesn’t remember exactly which school the kid was...
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Ashley Joens of Iowa City High is The Gazette's 2018 Female Athlete of the Year

AMES — It’s summer at Iowa State University, and Ashley Joens has free time on her hands. “Sometimes I get a little bored,” she said. “I come to the gym, because...
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Linn-Mar pursues a big upset at Kennedy

Hang in there. Stay close. That’s the mantra for the Linn-Mar Lions as they prepare for their Class 5A regional-semifinal softball game Saturday at Cedar Rapids Kennedy. “The pressure...
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Bailey Ober throws a gem, Jared Akins gets his first hits as C.R. Kernels roll past Wisconsin

CEDAR RAPIDS — When you get promoted to a new level and you don’t get a hit in your first game, it’s not that big a deal. When your second game goes like your first, you still...
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Linn-Mar advances, and now it gets tougher

MARION — The Linn-Mar Lions advanced by decision, not by knockout. And now, the degree of difficulty rises exponentially. Linn-Mar took advantage of six Cedar Rapids Washington errors and...
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Iowa high school baseball postseason pairings released for 3A, 4A

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Prairie Coach Todd Rima realized the postseason path wouldn’t be easy when substate assignments were released two weeks ago. The Hawks now know their road to...
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Up-and-down Benton meets No. 10 Solon in a 3A regional semifinal

What to expect? Eric Stenberg has no idea. “Some nights, I love the way we’re playing,” said Stenberg, softball coach at Benton Community. “Other nights, we’re our...
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13 walks spell doom for C.R. Kernels in 8-6 loss to Wisconsin before sold-out crowd

CEDAR RAPIDS — This doesn’t feel like the first half. Far from it. The Cedar Rapids Kernels won their first six games of the Midwest League season way back in early April, then sort of...
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Kenya natives Pasca Myers, Philip Mburu win 8k Race at Fifth Season Races

CEDAR RAPIDS — At its core, running is already a solitary enough pursuit. A competitor matches their endurance against the elements for a distance that can extend to a grueling limit....
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Former UNI runner Trai Bunch protecting, serving with the Iowa City PD

CEDAR RAPIDS — When Trai Bunch was in high school seven years ago, he loathed running. But In an effort to get in shape for the coming boys’ soccer season, Bunch begrudgingly joined the...
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Two wins from 700, John Begley leads Linn-Mar into postseason play

John Begley is on the countdown to a milestone. Question is, will it be the final countdown? The softball coach at Linn-Mar, Begley needs two victories to reach the 700-win plateau for his career. He...
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Cedar Rapids Xavier continues hot streak with win over No. 5 Solon

SOLON — Simpler is better and Cedar Rapids Xavier has turned it into a winning formula. The Saints have relied on the basics to become one of the hottest prep baseball teams. “The...
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Beckman capitalizes as an error opens the door in regional softball quarterfinal

MANCHESTER — Dyersville Beckman’s game-breaking rally came from humble beginnings. With two outs and nobody on in the top of the third inning, Beckman capitalized on an error in a major...
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Fifth Season Races attract large participation numbers despite midweek race date

CEDAR RAPIDS — The calendar presented some challenges to the directors of the Fifth Seasons Races. With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday this year, attracting elite out-of-area runners...
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Valley commissioner: End of Hy-Vee Classic in Iowa ‘made me sick’

CEDAR FALLS — Expanded conference schedules, along with a handful of other dynamics within the college basketball landscape, has made Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug...
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Ogden: Thoughts on Fifth Season Races, Zach Johnson Foundation Classic and pro basketball in Cedar Rapids

CLAYTON — This, that and another thing from a tiny town on the mighty Mississippi. As I begin a week’s vacation keeping a watchful eye on the high waters and swift current of this...
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Iowa lands another Suwanee, Georgia recruit: RB Tyler Goodson

Iowa picked up a commitment from a Class of 2019 running back Tuesday. Tyler Goodson of Suwanee, Ga., announced in a YouTube video that he’s picking the Hawkeyes. He’ll join former high...
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Korry Howell, Kirkwood shortstop and Iowa signee, agrees to sign with Milwaukee Brewers

CEDAR RAPIDS — Kirkwood Community College shortstop Korry Howell has agreed to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America. Howell, from Chicago, was a...
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Dufner, Finau, Moore added to Zach Johnson Foundation Classic

Several name-players have been added to next Monday’s Zach Johnson Foundation Classic at Elmcrest Country Club. Jay Haas won nine times on the PGA Tour and has 18 PGA Champions Tour wins. His...
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Area softball Super Ten

This week’s area softball Super Ten, including games played Monday, July 2: 1. CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY * Record: 31-5. MVC: 23-1. Streak: Won 9. Previous: 1st. 2. CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON *...
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